Everyday Heroes Awards 2022: The Harpur Trust and Bedford Independent partner again to find our borough’s everyday heroes

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Lucy Bardner from the Harpur Trust
Lucy Bardner from the Harpur Trust

The Harpur Trust has once again partnered with the Bedford Independent to celebrate the Borough’s Everyday Heroes.

For over 450 years The Harpur Trust has been inspiring and supporting the people of Bedford to help them improve their lives.

“We’re proud to partner with the Bedford Independent in hosting the Everyday Hero Awards once again. These awards really chime with our long-term strategy Together For Bedford,” said Lucy Bardner, Harpur Trust Community Programmes Director.

This is the third year that The Harpur Trust has joined us to help celebrate brilliant Bedfordians and they’ve been invaluable in creating the direction of the award and their categories.

Nominate someone for any of the categories here

Over the next couple of weeks, we’re highlighting each award category of the Bedford Independent Everyday Heroes Awards, ahead of the closing date for nominations on 3 March 2023.

Today we’re looking at Volunteer of the Year, which The Harpur Trust sponsor as our partner.

“We want to help celebrate those people who go above and beyond to make Bedford a better place to live, work and study,” added Lucy.

“We’ve been working on a plan for how we can best support the community for the next 15 years and we know that if we all work together and pool our time, money, and knowledge – we can create a community where everyone can thrive.

“We’re looking for more Everyday Heroes who can help us make that happen – where better to start than these awards?”

Last year’s Volunteer of the Year was Charan Sekhon MBE, for his exceptional voluntary service to all communities of Bedfordshire by helping and supporting the elderly, vulnerable, homeless, rough-sleepers and overseas students.

Volunteer of the Year sponsored by The Harpur Trust

“We have chosen to sponsor the volunteer of the year as we think our Borough relies on volunteers,” Lucy added.

“Whilst we all know we couldn’t do without obvious helpers like school governors, there are hundreds of people out there who don’t even realise they are volunteers but give their time for free every week to help others.

“We are so looking forward to hearing about them and giving them the praise they deserve,” she said.

Do you know someone who tirelessly volunteers for a charity or good cause within Bedford Borough?

Volunteer winner was Charan Sekhon MBE who was was unable to attend so his award was collected on his behalf with Lucy Bardner from The Harpur Trust.
Volunteer winner was Charan Sekhon MBE who was was unable to attend so his award was collected on his behalf.

We all know we couldn’t do without obvious helpers like school governors, there are hundreds of people out there who don’t even realise they are volunteers but give their time for free every week to help others.

Whatever they do, we want to hear about how they’ve helped make Bedford a better place in their free time.

You can find the nomination form to nominate who you think should be the volunteer of the year, here.

You can find out more about the Bedford Independent Everyday Heroes Awards, in partnership with The Harpur Trust, and the other categories open for entries here.

 
 
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